Focus Events

2017 Focus on Fundraising: How to Survive and Thrive in the "New Normal"

**This event is now full. To be put on the waiting list, please email Learn@NonprofitMaine.org**

October 26, 2017
9a-4p (registration + networking 8a-9a)
Clarion Hotel, Portland
Presented by Kim Klein, thanks to the partnership of Quimby Family Foundation
Scholarships and group discounts available.

Individuals account for 80% of all money given to nonprofits from non-government sources. Clearly, building a broad base of individual donors is the best way to insure stability, allow growth, and guarantee independence, and the best way to raise money from the 70% of adults who give away money is to ask for it.

Yet many nonprofit staff, boards, and volunteers find the process of fundraising extremely difficult and frustrating. Asking is scary; deciding which strategies to use, how to implement them, and how to evaluate their success is anxiety-provoking; and keeping track of donor data is tedious. What is a nonprofit to do?

Kim knows that fundraising is time-consuming and can be wearisome, but not having money is even more so. She also knows that when organizations build fundraising into the rest of their work, they will experience the joy of having donors who love them, of having reliable income streams, and of being able, with the same amount of work year after year, to raise more money. If board members and staff attend together, your results will increase exponentially.

In this workshop you will learn:

  • Why focusing on building a base of individual donors makes sense
  • How to use fundraising strategies to acquire, retain, and upgrade donors
  • What characterizes donor prospects for your organization
  • How to build a fundraising team
  • The psychology and logistics of personal solicitation

Who Should Attend:

Nonprofit staff, board members, and volunteers involved in fundraising and communications.

Cost + Registration:

Registration includes lunch.

  • $135 for Members
  • $175 for NonMembers
  • Team learning increases impact! Members and NonMembers can save $15 for each additional person from their organization.


About Our Presenter:

Kim Klein is an internationally-known speaker and author, known for her ability to deliver information in a practical and humorous way. She has worked in all aspects of fundraising: as staff, as a volunteer, and as a board member, and has helped thousands of grassroots organizations survive and thrive through tough political and economic realities. Kim is the author of five books including Reliable Fundraising in Unreliable Times, which won the McAdam Book Award in 2010. Her classic text, Fundraising for Social Change, now in a new 7th edition, is widely used in the field and in university programs. She co-founded the Grassroots Fundraising Journal in 1981 and was its publisher for 25 years. She has provided training and consultation in all 50 United States, five Canadian provinces, and 21 other countries. She is a lecturer in the School of Social Welfare at the University of California Berkeley and serves on the board of the California Association of Nonprofits. Her current work is focused on the role nonprofits must play in creating fair and just tax policies and in the redistribution of wealth.

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